Black Lab mix, 60 pounds, age 1.5 years approx.

Hello lab lovers. You may remember reading my story back in December with a plea for donations. Mary, Joseph, and I with over 65 other dogs and 47 horses were rescued from neglect in Tulare County. My namesake may have taken a vow of poverty, but no living creature should have to endure what we went through. Fighting for every scrap of food, finding shelter where we could, and no human interaction. And you know us labs love humans. Thankfully a group of saints stepped in to help us.

Labrador Retriever Rescue of Fresno, their faithful volunteers, and many donors (thank you all) nursed us all back to health. It has taken me a while longer than Joseph and Mary, but I’ve gone from 35 pounds to almost 60 in the last two months. I’ve also had a renewed faith in humans, it took me almost a month to come out of my shell and start trusting again.

Francis loves to play fetch and enjoys playing keep away with the ball. He also plays hide and seek when he doesn’t want to come back in the house, popping his head up from behind bushes to see if you’ve spotted him followed by playful bows and a belly crawl when he is found out.

Like Francis of Assisi, he enjoys moments of solitude, either in his crate or on the doggy bed. But he also loves to be near his people and get his belly rubbed. Francis is dog and cat friendly and would do well in a home with another dog his size and age that can help him enjoy being a dog again.

Francis is available for adoption through the Labrador Retriever Rescue of Fresno. He is currently being fostered in a home with another lab and a cat. Francis wants to please and loves to give gentle kisses. He is a young guy and has moments of high energy. He will need a patient family who can give him the exercise and attention he needs to thrive. It will be important that everyone in the household be able to reinforce his training and give him a consistent message. If you have room in your heart and home for this bundle of love, please fill out an online adoption application.

If you have already applied for another LRRF dog, simply respond to your original responder, and ask to have it forwarded.